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Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013, 8:22 PM
Stanford pitcher Appel earns national honor
|Stanford senior pitcher Mark Appel has been named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, as announced Monday by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The publication honored five players with the weekly nod.
The Houston, Texas, native tossed a three-hitter last Friday against No. 22 Texas while the Cardinal posted a 2-0 shutout win. Appel matched a career-high 14 strikeouts and walked one. The first-inning walk was followed by the retiring of the next 13 batters.
Appel took a no-hitter into the sixth against the Longhorns and set the tone for Stanford's series sweep. The All-American has struck out double-digit batters in each of his last two outings.
Appel has aided the Stanford pitching corps to a 1.74 ERA through the season's first 11 games, with only 19 earned runs allowed in 98.0 innings.
With a 2-1 record this season, Appel has fanned 28 batters in 23.0 innings. Only two of his 13 hits allowed have gone for extra bases.
Stanford (9-2) has won eight straight and each of its last two series heading into a matchup Tuesday at Santa Clara at 6 p.m. Former Menlo School pitcher Freddy Avis is scheduled to make his first start for the Cardinal.
Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for a Stanford and Pac-12 single-season record sixth time, following her 71.9-percent shooting and 26.0 points with 13.0 rebounds over Stanford's road sweep of Washington and Washington State.
The wins helped the Cardinal clinch a share of its 13th consecutive and 22nd overall Pac-12 regular-season title.
The selection for Ogwumike was also her ninth career weekly conference honor, matching the all-time record shared by former Stanford standouts Candice Wiggins (2004-08) and Jayne Appel (2006-10).
After two strong rounds, Stanford leads at 2-over-par 578 at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational at the Almaden Golf and Country Club.
The Cardinal, the only team to shoot under par in the first round, was 1-under at 288. Stanford kept its lead to finish the second round at 291, nine strokes ahead of California (291-296), which came in second for both rounds.
Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse (70-71) leads the field with 3-under-par 141. She made three birdies and a bogey during the first round to go 2-under. The freshman maintained a solid second-round finish, firing three consecutive birdies on the first three holes after recording another birdie to end her front nine. An early and late bogey left her at one under for the second round.
"I overestimated the wind and as a result I flew the green and left myself with a difficult up and down," said Stackhouse about the double bogey on the sixth hole that erased her three under domination in the second round. "My first chip was really poor and I was still off the green, but it's golf and that happens. I didn't allow myself to get flustered and still had a decent round going. I'll definitely play the shorter club on a green with that tough downhill putt/chip next time around, though."
Stanford junior Danielle Frasier (73-71) recorded two strong and was second at 144. She finished on par after going 1-over in the first round and two strokes better at 1-under in the second.
Stanford's Mariko Tumangan (74-71) shot 2-over in the first round and 1-under in the second round to tie for third at 145.
Rounding out the field for Stanford are senior Sally Watson (72-78) at 150 and freshman Lauren Kim at 151 (72-79). Watson tied for 20th, while Kim tied for 24th. Senior Kristina Wong (79-79), who competed as an individual, tied for 56th at 158.
Earlier in the day, Stackhouse was named the Pac-12 Women's Golfer of the Month for February, the Pac-12 announced.
The native of Riverdale, Ga., shot a course-record 9-under 26 over the front nine and finished her round with a 10-under 61 to establish a course record and capture the Peg Barnard Invitational title on February 17 at the Stanford Golf Course.
Stanford junior Rachel Ozer was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 26-March 4, as announced by the conference Monday.
Ozer led Stanford (2-1) to a 12-10 victory at No. 13 Ohio State this past Saturday, scoring a team-high four goals in the first 21 minutes of game. Ozer scored her first goal less than two minutes into the match that sparked a 4-0 Stanford run. The Cardinal would lead by at least two goals the remainder of the game.
Ozer has been an offensive force this season, racking up 13 points on eight goals and five assists in just three games - all against teams ranked or receiving votes in the IWLCA top 20.
Ozer is the first Stanford athlete to receive an MPSF Player of the Week honor this season.
David Nolan defended his 200 individual medley title and Stanford held its ground in second place during Day 2 of the Pac-12 Conference Men's Swimming Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Nolan, the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, went 1:42.41 for an NCAA 'A' cut Monday evening and was one of six Cardinal to finish among the event's top nine.
Stanford has 278 overall points and trails only Cal (298.5) heading into Day 3 of the league meet.
"Today's morning session certainly had some highlights, but not enough. We raced well tonight and will have one of our best sessions tomorrow morning," Cardinal coach Ted Knapp said. "David's swims tonight were a very good indicator for the rest of this meet and the NCAA Championships."
The meet continues with finals for the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.
Stanford dominated the 200 IM behind Nolan's output along with the efforts of fifth-place Will Gunderson (1:45.68), sixth-place Gray Umbach (1:45.79), seventh-place Matt Thompson (1:45.87), eighth-place Jack Lane (1:45.99) and ninth-place Tom Kremer (1:45.37) from Sacred Heart Prep.
Stanford's Drew Cosgarea went 4:18.81 in the 500 free for fourth with Danny Thomson taking sixth in 4:21.25. Bryan Offutt (4:21.40) scored 12th-place points for the Cardinal.
Stanford's Andrew Saeta's 19.96 in the 50 free gave him a seventh-place finish as Aaron Wayne (20.07) was 12th in the race.
Ending the night in the 200 free relay was the quartet of Nolan, Wayne, Lane and Saeta. The squad streamed through with an NCAA 'A' cut 1:17.97 for third place.
Stanford also benefited from the addition of diving points as Kristian Ipsen led a 1-3-4 finish on the 1-meter board, which was held during the weekend.
— Stanford Athletics
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